March 25, 2013
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Providence College women's tennis team kicked off Big East play at Syracuse, where the Friars fell to the Orange, 7-0, on Saturday, March 23 before being defeated by conference foe Seton Hall, 5-2, on Sunday, March 24.
Freshman Alana Prinos (Foxborough, Mass.) put together a strong performance over the weekend at the No. 3 singles position. Prinos fell in a close fought match to Jimena Wu of Syracuse (6-4, 2-6, 11-9) before bouncing back to defeat Madison Shoemaker of Seton Hall (6-4, 6-2).
Senior Marisela Aviles-Duron (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) was the second Friar to register a point in singles play against Seton Hall. Aviles-Duron earned a comeback win against Rocio Portela (4-6, 6-3, 6-2) at the No. 1 position. On Saturday, Aviles-Duron fell to Amanda Rodgers of Syracuse (6-1, 6-1).
At the No. 2 singles position junior Maria Clara Bernardez (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) was defeated by Maddie Kobelt of Syracuse (6-1, 6-1) and Julia Keenan of Seton Hall (7-5, 7-5).
Sophomore Taylor Corder (Corinth, Miss.) competed at the No. 4 position, where she was defeated by Komal Safdar of Syracuse (6-2, 6-1). Corder fell in a close fought match with Karina Cordero of Seton Hall (6-4, 5-7, 6-3).
Playing at the No. 5 position throughout the weekend was sophomore Karen Ramirez (San Juan, Puerto Rico). Ramirez was defeated by Aleah Marrow of Syracuse (6-1, 6-1) and Maria Rodriguez of Seton Hall (6-4, 6-2).
Freshman Hannah Zangari (Saunderstown, R.I.), who has been a standout in the No. 6 position for the Friars this spring, fell to Alex Aiello of Syracuse (6-2, 6-1). On Sunday the freshman fell in a close fought battle with Anna Guryanova of Seton Hall (4-6, 6-3, 6-1).
The Friars had a high point on Sunday against Seton Hall in doubles play when Corder and Prinos bested Shoemaker and Keenan at the No. 2 position (8-6).
In the Friars other doubles matches of the weekend, partners Aviles-Duron and Bernardez competed at the No. 1 position where the duo fell to Kobelt and Brittany Lashway of Syracuse (8-5). The pair went on to fall to Portela and Chloe Sher of Seton Hall (9-8, 6) in what was the closest doubles match of the day.
The final two Friars to compete in doubles play were Ramirez and Zangari. The two fell to Breanna Bachini and Aiello of Syracuse (8-2) and Alex Landert and Guryanova of Seton Hall (8-3) at the No. 3 position.
The Friars continue with conference play on Wednesday, April 3 when the team hosts Connecticut for a 3:00 p.m. match.
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